Bagaméri Ice Cream in Balatonfüred has won the title “Ice Cream of Lake Balaton” with its lavender-apricot ice cream. The competition was organized by the Balaton Tourism Association.
A total of 13 confectioneries and ice cream shops entered the competition. A four-member jury visited each ice cream parlor to taste different flavors of the frozen treat and made their decision based on several factors, such as the taste, smell, texture, and color and decoration.
Tamás Fekete, vice-president of the Balaton Tourism Association and chairman of the jury, emphasized that several new ice cream parlors have popped up this year, and the jury found that there has been a significant increase in quality overall. The goal of the competition is to get shops to offer more artisanal ice creams made from local ingredients.
Sándor Márton, the owner of the winning Bagaméri ice cream parlor in Balatonfüred, said that he made his ice cream with a little sugar, fruits from local farmers, and lavender from nearby farms to reflect to the typical taste of the Balaton Uplands. He won the award two years ago as well with his “Anna Ball” flavor.
A special prize went to the Margaréta ice cream parlor in Balatonszék for its “ZabSzemes” creation, to the Veszprém Valley ice cream parlor for “Tök Jó Fagyi,” a salty vanilla ice cream with pumpkin seeds, and to the Tejvirág ice cream parlor in Balatonszoglág for its fantasy ice cream called “hot kiss of Balaton” (“Balaton forró csókja”).
The spring tourism campaign usually opens with the winner of Lake Balaton ice cream competition, but due to the coronavirus epidemic, it could only be organized in June this year.